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Computers and Concrete
  Volume 24, Number 5, November 2019 , pages 413-422

Development of 3D Meso-Scale finite element model to study the mechanical behavior of steel microfiber‐reinforced polymer concrete
J. Esmaeili and K. Andalibi

    In this study, 3D Meso-scale finite-element model is presented to study the mechanical behavior of steel microfiberreinforced polymer concrete considering the random distribution of fibers in the matrix. The composite comprises two separate parts which are the polymer composite and steel microfibers. The polymer composite is assumed to be homogeneous, which its mechanical properties are measured by performing experimental tests. The steel microfiber-polymer bonding is simulated with the Cohesive Zone Model (CZM) to offer more-realistic assumptions. The CZM parameters are obtained by calibrating the numerical model using the results of the experimental pullout tests on an individual microfiber. The accuracy of the results is validated by comparing the obtained results with the corresponding values attained from testing the steel microfiber.reinforced polymer concrete incorporating 0, 1 and 2% by volume of microfibers, which indicates the excellent accuracy of the current proposed model. The results show that the microfiber aspect ratio has a considerable effect on the mechanical properties of the reinforced polymer concrete. Applying microfibers with a higher aspect ratio improves the mechanical properties of the composite considerably especially when the first crack appears in the polymer concrete specimens.
Key Words
    Meso-scale finite-element model; polymer concrete; steel-microfiber; mechanical properties
J. Esmaeili and K. Andalibi: Department of Civil Engineering, University of Tabriz, 29 Bahman Blvd., Tabriz, Iran

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